Arrowroot or also known as Araru goes way back 7,000 years ago, which showed signs of cultivation. As a result, it refers to any kind of plant that belongs to the genus Maranta, its well-known usage is to describe as the digestible starch from the rhizomes of the Maranta arundinaceous.

Araru is an erect, smooth, dichotomously branched herbaceous perennial plant that is 1 to 2 meter high, growing from the fleshy and fusiform rootstock. Its stems are known to be slender. Its leaf blades are lanceolate, attenuate-acuminate, which reaches up to 1o to 20 centimeters long, thin petiole, green and rounded at the base. The inflorescence is terminal, lax, divaricate, and few-flowered. Its flowers are color white that is about 2 centimeters long.

Culinary/ Nutrition

-Rhizomes can be eaten, produces the arrowroot starch.
-Highly digestible.
-Utilized as a thickener in creating puddings, baked goods, and sauces.
-They are boiled, roasted or ground and made into pastries.
-In remote places, their starches are being used for starching clothes.
-Can be easily digested, nutritive and nourishing diet for the convalescing.
-Well suited for infants in the weaning from breast milk.
-A major ingredient in infant cookies.

Preparation:

A decoction from at least 2 to 3 tablespoons of its root powder in one liter of water, then seasoned with honey, lemon or any variety of fruit juices in order to taste.

Folkloric

-In the West Indies, its roots are being used for wrapping poisoned and other kinds of wounds.

-Mashed roots are being used as a plaster to areas of insect stings and spider bites.

-Apply it to the skin in order to relieve pain, irritation, and inflammation of mucous membranes.

-Roots can be used as a cover for poisoned arrow wounds.

-Starch is being used as a soothing application for several skin issues, which includes erysipelas, sunburn, wasp stings, dermatitis and even gangrene.

-In the Caribbean, ground leaves are used as a teething aid.

-In Trinidad, it has been used as an anti-inflammatory skin wrap.

-The fresh juice is being used as an antidote for vegetable poisons.

-It is also used for relieving the stomach pain, as well as a remedy for diarrhea, due to its high starch content.

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Arrowroot or also known as Araru goes way back 7,000 years ago, which showed signs of cultivation. As a result, it refers to any kind of plant that belongs to the genus Maranta, its well-known usage is to describe as the digestible starch from the rhizomes of the Maranta...